World War Hulk Reading Order Guide

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Are you one of the many people who read Planet Hulk due to it’s inspiration on Thor Ragnarok? Are you now wondering what Hulk story you should read next? If you answered yes to those questions then World War Hulk is for you!

Spinning out of the Planet Hulk storyline, World War Hulk is a 2007 Marvel event which saw a very angry Hulk take his revenge out on Earth and their heroes because of the misdeeds against him. The result, world-wide destruction on a massive scale. Will the heroes of the Marvel Universe be able to stop Hulk from destroying everything? You’ll have to read on to find out!

As events, especially Marvel’s, can sometimes be confusing, I have put together the World War Hulk Reading Order Guide. In it is everything you need to know to start reading this comic book event with ease. This includes the recommended reading order and some notes on where to go from there.

Enjoy!

How to Read World War Hulk

If you look at the list below there are a fair few comics listed. For some that might be quite daunting, especially if you just want a quick read or don’t want to track down every comic. Luckily, there are a few ways to read World War Hulk depending on how much you want to invest into it.

These are your options:

  1. Read World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker #1 and World War Hulk #1-5
  2. Read World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker #1, World War Hulk #1-5 and Incredible Hulk issues (this is the major tie-in)
  3. Read World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker #1, World War Hulk #1-5 and any tie-ins that appeals to you
  4. Everything

It’s totally up to you how invested you want to get into this Marvel event. Don’t feel obliged to read everything just because it’s listed below.

Before World War Hulk

The instigating events which cause World War Hulk happen in Planet Hulk, which runs through Incredible Hulk (1999 series) #92-105 and Giant-Sized Hulk #1.

Check out this review if you want to know more about Planet Hulk.

World War Hulk #1 cover by David Finch.

World War Hulk #1 cover by David Finch.

World War Hulk Reading Order

World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker

Incredible Hulk #106

World War Hulk #1

Ghost Rider (2006 series) #12

Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #19

Incredible Hulk #107

World War Hulk: Front Line #1

World War Hulk: X-Men #1

Irredeemable Ant-Man #10

World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #1

World War Hulk #2

World War Hulk: Front Line #2

Avengers: The Initiative #4

Ghost Rider (2006 series) #13

World War Hulk: X-Men #2

Heroes for Hire (2006 series) #11

Heroes for Hire (2006 series) #12

Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #20

Incredible Hulk #108

World War Hulk #3

World War Hulk: Front Line #3

Incredible Hulk #109

World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #2

World War Hulk: X-Men #3

Avengers: The Initiative #5

Incredible Hulk #110

Heroes for Hire (2006 series) #13

World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #3

World War Hulk #4

World War Hulk: Front Line #4

World War Hulk: Front Line #5

Punisher War Journal (2006 series) #12

Heroes for Hire (2006 series) #14

Heroes for Hire (2006 series) #15

World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #4

World War Hulk #5

Incredible Hulk #111

World War Hulk: Front Line #6

World War Hulk: Aftersmash cover by Greg Land.

World War Hulk: Aftersmash cover by Greg Land.

World War Hulk: Aftersmash Reading Order

World War Hulk: Aftersmash are comics which tie-into the conclusion of the World War Hulk. The best order to read them is below.

World War Hulk: Aftersmash

World War Hulk: Warbound #1

World War Hulk: Warbound #2

World War Hulk: Warbound #3

World War Hulk: Warbound #4

World War Hulk: Warbound #5

World War Hulk: Aftersmash – Damage Control #1

World War Hulk: Aftersmash – Damage Control #2

World War Hulk: Aftersmash – Damage Control #3

Incredible Hulk #112

NOTE: From issue #113-141 Incredible Hulk is renamed Incredible Hercules and stars Hercules instead of Hulk. If you are enjoying issues #113-115 then definitely continue reading if you’re looking for something to read afterwards.

Incredible Hercules #113

Incredible Hercules #114

Incredible Hercules #115

What To Read After World War Hulk?

There are a few stream you could go after reading World War Hulk.

  1. There’s the aforementioned Incredible Hercules which takes Incredible Hulk’s numbering for a while
  2. There’s a 2008 series called Hulk, which deals with a new mysterious Red Hulk.
  3. Finally, there’s Skaar: Son of Hulk, which is not essential but if you’re looking for more to read is worth having a look at.

For Bruce Banner fans, don’t worry, he will eventually return a year later in 2009’s Incredible Hulk #600.

Trade Paperback Collections

For those who want to read this in trade paperback, these are all of the ones which involve World War Hulk.

World War Hulk
Collects World War Hulk #1-5

The Incredible Hercules (World War Hulk)
Collects Incredible Hulk #106-111
NOTE: Named The Incredible Hercules due to the title transitioning over to Hercules post-WWH. Includes all the Incredible Hulk issues that tie-in.

World War Hulk: Marvel Universe
Collects Avengers: The Initiative #4-5, Irredeemable Ant-Man #10, Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D #19-20, Ghost Rider #12-13 and World War Hulk: X-Men #1-3

World War Hulk: Frontline
Collects World War Hulk: Front Line #1-6

World War Hulk: Heroes For Hire
Collects Heroes for Hire #11-16

World War Hulk: Gamma Corps
Collects World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #1-4

World War Hulk: Warbound
Collects World War Hulk: Warbound #1-5

World War Hulk: Damage Control
Collects World War Hulk: AfterSmash and World War Hulk: Aftersmash – Damage Control #1-3

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Trevor Van As

Trevor Van As is the founder of How to Love Comics and has loved comics all his life. When he's not reading or talking about comics he can be found eating frozen yogurt and dancing like no one is watching.

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